Receiving overwhelming support from the UN Member States, India has been elected as the non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC). India garnered 184 votes out of the 192 ballots cast in the General Assembly to win the election for the non-permanent seat in the powerful UNSC.
In a tweet, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador TS Tirumurti stated that the vision and inspiring global leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi especially during COVID-19 along with the outcome of the strong campaign led by External Affairs Minister of India Dr S Jaishankar, helped India become UNSC’S non-permanent member.
India’s two year term for 2021-22 will begin on 1 January 2021, making it the eighth time for India to sit at the UN high table. With the membership coming in at a critical juncture, India is confident that the nation will continue to provide leadership and a new orientation for a reformed multilateral system in the present and post COVID-19 period.
Member States elect India to the non-permanent seat of the Security Council for the term 2021-22 with overwhelming support.
India gets 184 out of the 192 valid votes polled. pic.twitter.com/Vd43CN41cY
— India at UN, NY (@IndiaUNNewYork) June 17, 2020
Along with India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway also won the non-permanent seats at the UN Security Council elections but Canada lost the elections. India will sit in the most powerful UN organ along with five permanent members China, France, Russia, UK and USA as well as non-permanent members including Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Estonia, Niger, Tunisia and Vietnam.
Expressing gratitude, PM Narendra Modi tweeted about this big news. Have a look:
Deeply grateful for the overwhelming support shown by the global community for India's membership of the @UN Security Council. India will work with all member countries to promote global peace, security, resilience and equity.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 18, 2020